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Hart produces double, triple after call-up

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Bo Hart was buzzing from excitement, caffeine,
jet lag and a splendid major league debut.

"I'm floating," the 26-year-old second baseman said after
starring in the St. Louis Cardinals' 8-4 victory over the Milwaukee
Brewers on Thursday.

Hart doubled his first time up and added a two-run triple.

"How about that for a day?" Cardinals manager Tony La Russa
said. "I'll tell you, he charged up that dugout. The guys were
really excited. A double for his first hit and then that triple and
a headfirst slide. He's very intense and he's going to be fun to
watch."

The Cardinals purchased Hart's contract from Triple-A Memphis
after Miguel Cairo broke his left pinky Tuesday night and went on
the 15-day DL.

Hart was playing in Tacoma, Wash., and took a redeye flight to
Pittsburgh, where he caught a connection to Milwaukee and arrived
at the ballpark two hours before gametime after gulping several
cups of coffee.

Hart, who homered for Memphis hours before being called up,
wasted no time in impressing his new manager and teammates with his
hustle and hitting, slapping a double down the left-field line his
first time up.

"That was great," Hart said. "And the second one was
better."

His second hit was a two-run triple over center fielder Scott
Podsednik's head that capped a five-run fifth.

"I hit that one a little better," Hart said. "And that got my
heart pumping a little bit. The butterflies started going away."

Albert Pujols hit his 20th homer and the Cardinals tagged
Brewers starter Ruben Quevedo (1-3) for eight runs on 10 hits and
three walks in five innings.

Brett Tomko (3-5) allowed two earned runs on nine hits in 6 1/3
innings for the win, and Jason Isringhausen got the final out for
his first save of the season. The Cardinals' closer was activated
June 10 after missing 61 games as he continued his rehabilitation
from shoulder surgery.

"It's been a long road back," Isringhausen said. "And, yes,
it's nice to finally do my job."

The Cardinals took three of four from the Brewers, who fell to
13-26 at Miller Park, despite the absences of Jim Edmonds (hip) and
Tino Martinez (back) from the lineup the last two games.

The Brewers might have found a nice nugget after watching their
second straight starter get tagged for eight earned runs: rookie
Matt Ford pitched four scoreless innings of one-hit ball.

Manager Ned Yost said Ford is one option he's considering as he
ponders whether to replace struggling left-hander Glendon Rusch in
the rotation. Rusch (1-11) has lost 10 straight and managed to get
just three outs in 61 pitches Wednesday night.

Ford threw a season-high 52 pitches.

"He got extended a little bit today, so if we need him to
start, that helps," Yost said.

Yost said he is contemplating "all options" with Rusch, who
said himself he didn't deserve to remain a starter after watching
his ERA balloon to 8.61.

Because of an off-day Monday, Yost is in no hurry to make a
decision on Rusch, whose turn wouldn't come up for more than a
week.

Ford, who pitched in A ball last year, said he's willing to do
whatever Yost wants him to and wouldn't be timid about starting
"because I've been a starter all my life."

Pujols hit the first pitch he saw 415 feet into the second deck
in left field. The Brewers responded with an RBI double by Geoff
Jenkins in the bottom of the first.

Hart doubled in the second and scored Orlando Palmeiro's double.
Eduardo Perez added a sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead.

J.D. Drew hit a two-run triple in the fifth and Edgar Renteria
sent the next pitch into left field for a single. Hart followed
with a triple to center field to make it 8-1.

The Brewers got two runs back in the bottom of the inning on
Richie Sexson's RBI single and heads-up running by Keith Osik, who
got into a rundown on Royce Clayton's inning-ending double play.
Jenkins scored before Osik was tagged for the final out on a 4-3-6
double play.

Sexson tied a career high with four hits, including an RBI
single in the ninth.

Game notes
The Cardinals are 7-2 against Milwaukee this season. ...
Quevedo, who has given up a homer in nine straight starts dating to
last season, hasn't won at home since July 14, 2002. He is 0-2 in
five starts at Miller Park this season. ... The Brewers announced
that Bruce Springsteen will give a concert at Miller Park on Sept.
27.